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Dirty dishes At first the grinder made a noise, then sounded normal.  Now the dishes have food particles stuck to them after the wash.  The soap cup does not completely empty either.  Oddly, it still drains well. Any ideas why the dishwasher won't clean the dishes?  Could the grinder have died?

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On the bottom pull the wash arm straight up and out. It shouldn't be clipped because they held in by gravity. Under there is where you will find extra crud that gets lodged underneath the arm where you can't see it. Do you fill the rinse agent reservoir? Also try using liquid tabs or gel if you are using powder. Hope it helped!

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